Columbine High School

Guess our national leaders didn't expect this, hmm? On Thursday, Darrell
Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School
shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary
Committee's sub-committee. What he said to our national leaders during this
special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It
needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every
sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous
words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal.
There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.

The following is a portion of the transcript:

"Since the dawn of creation, there has been both good and evil in the hearts
of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of
violence. The death of my wonderful daughter,
Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven
children who died, must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out
in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA,
the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for
the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly
fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of
the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to
represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are
responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they
need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's
murder I would be their strongest
opponent! "I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a
tragedy-it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where
the real blame lies!

Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the
pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. "I wrote a poem just four nights
ago that expresses my feelings best. This was written way before I would be
speaking here today": Your laws ignore our deepest needs, your words are
empty air. You've stripped away our heritage! You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms, and precious children die. You seek for
answers everywhere, and ask the question "Why?" You regulate restrictive
laws, through legislative creed. And yet you fail to understand, That God is
what we need!

"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and
spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create
a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and reek-havoc.
Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of
our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological
seminaries. This is a historical fact.

What has happened to as us a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so
doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as
terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs politicians immediately look for a
scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive
laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do
not need more restrictive laws. "Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped
by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months
planning this type of massacre.

The real villain lies within our own hearts. Political posturing and
restrictive legislation are not the answers. The young people of our nation
hold the key! There is a spiritual awakening happening and it will not be
squelched! We do not need more religion! We do not need more gaudy television
evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not need more million
dollar church buildings built while people with basic needs are being
ignored. We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgment that this
nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God!

"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two
friends murdered before his very eyes - he did not hesitate to pray in
school. "I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge
every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April
20, 1999, at Columbine High School, prayer was brought back to our schools.
Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain! Dare to
move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that
violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who
would point your finger at the NRA - I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare
to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! My daughter's death
will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to
happen!" Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this mans speech
Submitted  2/16/2001 7:40:28 PM